Earlier this year, The inception of Simple Creatures began with the release of their debut single “Drug,” in late January, leaving fans intrigued to see a live performance from the super-duo, made up of Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s frontman Alex Gaskarth. The duo made their live debut just a few days ago on March 28th in Los Angeles, CA at The Belasco and fans were stoked, and lastnight (March 31st) we got the opportunity to check out their amazing set for ourselves and we are glad we were able to.
Simple Creatures made their way into Philadelphia for a sold out show at Warehouse on Watts and greeted fans with some extraordinary production, something you would see in massive theater which was unique to see in such an intimate venue, where only fans who were lucky enough to secure a ticket were able to get in, as the show sold out very quickly. Bringing in intense amounts of fog filling the venue for a spooky vibe and having a massive video wall backdrop which brought some visually stunning trippy and psychedelic graphics to accompany each song. Simple Creatures also brought along a phenomenal light and laser show, close to what you would see on an arena tour, even including confetti bursts on a few songs.
The band performed an eight-song including their full EP, Strange Love, which was released via BMG on March 29th and consists of songs “How to Live,” “Ether,” and fan favorite songs “Adrenaline,” “Drug,” “Lucy” and of course the title track to the EP “Strange Love.” The band also included an impeccable cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” within the set, along with some new unreleased music like “NVM” and “One Little Lie” from Simple Creatures, giving fans a taste of what is to come on EP No. 2.
Simple Creatures’ live performance is something to witness, as Hoppus and Gaskarth both have a high-energy stage presence and combining them together as a super-duo for a live show is a force to be reckoned with and that shined vibrantly at this show. Although, a lot of people probably assume on their music is just going to sound like a combination of Blink-182 and All Time Low, You are wrong, this project brings an entirely different side of the Gaskarth and Hoppus and we couldn’t adore it more. Bringing a more pop, hip-hop, EDM sound to the table with this new band, Simple Creature has its own signature sound that cannot really be compared to anyone else, they’re unique in their own way and we love the outcome of the music. Their voices perfectly intertwine together and are very fitting to the instrumentals that accompany their vocals on each song. We personally enjoy the anthemic sound to their music, something about the music just immediately makes you want to dance along and the lyrics get caught in your head and leaves you craving more with each listen.
Highlights of their set would definitley include their performance of “Lucy” which seemed to really get the crowd dancing along, but it was during “Adrenaline” and their cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” that really got the crowd hyped up and singing along. A song during their set that really stood our was “Ether” which has an irresistible, make you want to move beat and catchy lyrics that make you want to sing along as well. With Hoppus and Gaskarth both, comes on-stage banter between the two, which was very comical throughout their set, even stopping to answer a few quick questions from fans, making the performance even more intimate being able to communicate with fans and give them more information on the band that they were so eager to see perform live. We cannot wait to see what comes next for Simple Creatures and hope that they announce a massive world tour soon, cause their live show was infectious and left us craving more. The band far exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend catching their show if you get the opportunity to. Pick up Strange Creatures’ debut EP, Strange Love, HERE.
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